There have always been degrees of tension within the Christian movement when these two worlds, the natural and the supernatural, meet—particularly regarding the frequency and nature of the overlap. Much of that tension and disagreement is also rooted in one’s view of scripture and the nature of biblical revelation.
Worship Loosens the Ground: Uprooting Darkness With Our Worship
Recently, I walked into the worship room at our Southeast Asian partner ministry to find a huge mess: the floor had warped in the center of the room overnight. The floor tiles were now loosened, causing the dirt and debris underneath to be exposed. It looked like ocean waves had hit our worship room, with warped portions in the center of the room coming up past our ankles...we couldn’t walk in the room. Our worship students were fearful of entering. What happened?
Common usage of the term “supernatural” means a manifestation or event attributed to some force beyond scientific understanding or the laws of nature.
We live in a four-dimensional universe commonly referred to as the “natural” realm where the laws of nature and science are known and observable. However, the supernatural involves other dimensions beyond those four. Increasingly, science points to those realities whereby there could be multiple dimensions beyond the four in our universe.
As I walk out my front door, I tuck my head down and button up my jacket against the crisp night breeze. Going over my mental checklist, I make sure I have all the necessary layers I’ll need for the cold evening ahead of me. I feel apprehension welling up inside; I don’t know what to expect. But I also feel anticipation: eagerness to see what God has in store. Making my way to Málaga, I offer a litany of prayers to the Lord as I travel toward an unknown experience.
Patty and I received an email from a young professional couple—a doctor and his wife—who were disturbed. Agitated. They said they had an increasing number of friends their age who were walking away from God and deserting their faith. This couple wanted to know if my wife and I were seeing the same trend among our friends and if their experience was unusual.
“What is your calling?”
This question, along with several variations, echoes throughout Christian circles. As followers of Christ our calling in this world is of great importance, but what do we do when God doesn’t call us?
Twelve years ago, I made the difficult decision to stop coaching wrestling at the Christian Academy of Japan. My love and passion for coaching wrestling was still there, but I knew the Lord was leading me to begin a new season of ministry. It was one of the most gut-wrenching decisions I have ever made. I didn’t know if I would ever have the opportunity to coach wrestling again, which made it even more difficult.
Pioneers and Settlers: Understanding Sodalic and Modalic Expressions of Church
Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ….If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.
1 Corinthians 12:12, 17-18
In the family of God, we don’t all have the same job. Does that statement surprise you at all? Yes, we’re all called to be on a mission of following Jesus and making him known in the world, but we all have different parts to play. In his wisdom, God made us different. In this system, we must depend on each other to fulfill our purpose as the Body of Christ.
God at Work: A Spiritual Practice [Free Resource]
Work. A lot of different things come up in relationship to it. For some, it’s simply a means to an end—a way to put food on the table. For others, it’s where they get to live into their sense of calling and are at their best. And for many it’s a mixed bag of sorts. Because it’s where those of us in the “working years” of our lives spend the greatest percentage of our time, work brings up a lot of thoughts, feelings, desires, and experiences, all of which have some sort of impact on our souls.
What Your Restlessness May Be Saying to You
Restlessness makes a fairly common appearance at our house. Maybe it’s because my husband and I are both idealists (things could be better—let’s fix them!) or strategists (things could run better—let’s help them!) or lovers of adventure (I’m bored—let’s do something crazy!), but learning to identify the role of restlessness in our decision-making has been critical through the years.